The SUSTRACK project and the European Bioeconomy Network (EuBioNet), have created a working group on “Standardisation, certification, labelling and monitoring”.

As part of the collaboration among different projects, SUSTRACK hosted a mobilization and mutual learning (MML) workshop on 14th of February 2023 from 10.00 to 12.00 CET (online).

Some of the objectives of this workshop were:

  • Facilitate the awareness and knowledge exchange among the projects of the working group;
  • Discuss collaboration opportunities and joint activities;
  • Define common action plans.

There, Patrick Reumerman from BTG Group, was in charge of providing a short presentation of the ALIGNED project, including its objectives, expected outcomes, and sectors of interest.



The ALIGNED project is glad to be part of ECOSYSTEX, an initiative of the European Commission’s Research Executive Agency (REA), the European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA) and the Circular-Biobased Europe Joint Undertaking to accelerate collaboration in textile sustainability.

The main objectives behind this initiative will focus on:

  • Interproject collaboration to share best practices and exchange new knowledge.
  • Engagement with policymakers to provide support in designing and implementing effective policies and programmes
  • Dissemination to ensure the interested, public expert community can be informed about the latest developments and results of EU research and innovation projects addressing textile sustainability and circularity.

Collaboration between academics, technological developers, leaders in the textile sector, and other stakeholders from around Europe is an important aspect of ECOSYSTEX. The mission of ECOSYSTEX is to establish itself as the principal knowledge center in Europe and the premier source of up-to-date knowledge on all topics pertaining to the circularity and sustainability of the textile industry.

The ALIGNED project is part of this group since our initiative is collaborating with different industries and representatives from five Bio-Based sectors: Construction, Woodworking, Pulp and Paper, Bio Chemicals and Textile which is the sector where ECOSYSTEX will work on.

Know more information on the ECOSYSTEX LinkedIn Profile

Sources: https://textile-platform.eu/ecosystex


How will ALIGNED and CALIMERO contribute to improving the Life Cycle Assessment methodology in five bio-based sectors?

The ALIGNED and CALIMERO projects aim to improve the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology in five bio-based sectors: construction, woodworking, biochemicals, pulp and paper, and textile. The ALIGNED project focuses on harmonizing assessment methods by developing tools to understand the environmental and social impact of producing biobased products, and testing these methods through collaboration with industrial partners. CALIMERO aims to develop a comprehensive Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA) methodology that addresses relevant issues for bio-based systems such as dynamic carbon accounting, impacts on biodiversity, and socio-economic trade-offs.

The ALIGNED and CALIMERO projects share several synergies, including the involvement of common stakeholders and the coordination of harmonization efforts. Both projects aim to reach industry, consultants, policymakers, and the European Commission and will collaborate on events to maximize outreach.

The CALIMERO project will develop a toolbox to assess industrial case studies from the five targeted bio-based sectors and will propose, simulate, and analyze plant-level solutions using multi-objective optimization with sustainability criteria. This will provide decision-makers with evidence-based recommendations on how to improve the sustainability performance of bio-based industries in Europe. Similarly, the ALIGNED project will provide a methodological framework and an ecosystem of modelling approaches and tools for the assessment of bio-based products in the five sectors.

“I see several potential synergies with the sister-project CALIMERO. First of all, we can learn from each other regarding how to conduct the very process of harmonization of methods. In ALIGNED this is done via scientific consensus, which means that the researchers in the group select methods based on their experience and a set of quality criteria, and then this selection is discussed together in the consortium, but we might benefit from including CALIMERO in this process and by comparing with their approach” states Massimo Pizzol, ALIGNED Project Coordinator

The results of these projects will support initiatives such as the European Union Industrial Policy Strategy, the European Green Deal, the 2030 Climate Target Plan, and the Bioeconomy strategy. The development of a harmonized LCSA methodology that considers environmental, economic, and social objectives from a life cycle perspective will provide the bio-based industries with a common and integrated tool to assess and improve their sustainability performance, ultimately leading to a greener and more sustainable Europe.



On February 8, Massimo Pizzol professor at Aalborg University and the project coordinator of the ALIGNED project, had the opportunity to give a seminar in the framework of “Prospective assessment and uncertainty in LCA for technology development”.

The event was organised by The Danish Society of Engineers (IDA) at the IDA Conference centre in Copenhagen, Denmark. There, Massimo explained how environmental life-cycle assessment has an important role to play in the transition to a greener and more sustainable society and how we can improve the uses of Life Cicle Assessments (LCA) in the early development phases of new technologies. In this context, Massimo introduced the ALIGNED project and the upcoming work with low-TRL biobased technologies for lignin valorisation, and with uncertainty analysis, within ALIGNED.

The Danish Society of Engineers (IDA) is a professional association for technology natural sciences an IT specialist with over 140000 members.